Letters to the Editor

The truth about your EID sewer bill

By October 20, 2011

EDITOR:

At a Wednesday evening campaign stop, Harry Norris repeated some highly deceptive information.

Harry said EID sewer rates are so high because of EID’s more rigorous tertiary treatment requirements than downstream sanitation districts. This is less than half-true.

The bigger part of the story that Harry didn’t disclose is that EID has 50 percent excess sewer capacity, interest costs on which add more to sewer rates than tertiary treatment costs. EID’s 50 percent excess capacity was built on Harry’s eight year “watch” on the EID board.

Harry also didn’t “fess up” that EID’s “sky-high” Mosquito Road overhead costs are almost 30 percent of rates … or double the costs of tertiary treatment. EID’s overhead spending has “sky-rocketed” $10 million annually since Harry joined EID’s board. Have you ever visited EID’s 40 percent excess space “Taj Mahal’” headquarters building? Did you know that EID staffers receive $18,500 medical plans, $12,500 pension contributions and seven to 10 weeks paid time off annually? Or that EID has three PR people to tell us what a great job EID does for us, and five HR people to plan and protect those outsized employee benefits?

Harry further described himself as a fiscal conservative. Unfortunately, EID’s planned 28 percent water rate increase for 2012 and 11 percent more in 2013 belie that there is fiscal conservatism or spending restraint at EID.

And, as for truthful disclosure, come to EID’s Cost of Services workshop on Oct. 24 and listen to how Jim Abercrombie and Harry try to convince you that the 28 percent water rate increases isn’t really a 28 percent water rate increase.

So vote for the truth and vote for your wallet on Nov. 8.

Visit FixEID.org for more of the rest of the story about EID.

Greg Prada
Cameron Park

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